The United Nations and Human Rights
A Critical Appraisal 2nd Revised edition
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United Nations and Human Rights by Philip Alston
Book DescriptionThe very concept of human rights implies governmental accountability. To ensure that governments are indeed held accountable for their treatment of citizens and others the United Nations has established a wide range of mechanisms to monitor compliance, and to seek to prevent as well as respond to violations. The panoply of implementation measures that the UN has taken since 1945 has resulted in a diverse and complex set of institutional arrangements, the effectiveness of which varies widely. Indeed, there is much doubt as to the effectiveness of much of the UN's human rights efforts. Inevitable instances of politicization and the hostile, or at best ambivalent, attitude of most governments, has often endangered the fragile progress made on the more technical fronts. In addition to significant actual and potential problems of duplication, overlapping and inconsistent approaches, there are major problems of under-funding and insufficient expertise. The complexity of these arrangements and the difficulty in evaluating their impact makes a comprehensive guide of the type provided here all the more indispensable. These essays critically examine the functions, procedures, and performance of each of the major UN organs dealing with human rights, including the Security Council and the International Court of Justice as well as the more specialized bodies monitoring the implementation of human rights treaties. Significant attention is devoted to the considerable efforts at reforming the UN's human rights machinery, as illustrated most notably by the creation and operation of the Human Rights Council. The book also looks at the relationship between the various bodies and the potential for major reforms and restructuring.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198298373
(234mm x 156mm x 3mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Mar-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Philip Alston
International Human Rights, Paperback (October 2012)
International Human Rights is the definitive guide to this diverse area of the law. The carefully selected extracts from primary and secondary materials and illuminating author commentary provide the reader with a sophisticated and thought-provoking analysis of the study of human rights within its wider social and political context.
Human Rights, Intervention, and the Use of Force, Paperback (September 2008)
This collection presents an analysis of the imperatives of sovereignty, human rights and national security in the post 9/11 era, and examines their relationship to procedural and substantive legitimacy in liberal democratic states
Human Rights and Development, Hardback (September 2005)» View all books by Philip Alston
Addresses crucial aspects of the human rights and development interface, including the economics of social rights; land rights and women's empowerment; child labour and access to education; reform of legal and judicial systems; the human rights role of the private sector; and building human rights into development planning.
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Author Biography - Philip Alston
Philip Alston is an international lawyer whose teaching focuses primarily on human rights law and the law of international organizations. He directs the recently-established NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, part of the Institute for International Law and Justice. He is currently John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU School of Law.
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